Baby Whisperer and Lifetime Children’s Advocate, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Turns 100

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March 2, 2018

It’s not every day that people turn 100 years old, especially someone as revolutionary as Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, one of the world’s leading authorities on child development whose ground-breaking research fundamentally changed how we think of babies, earning him the nickname of the “Baby Whisperer” for his keen insights and observations of newborns.  Author of 40 books and over 200 scholarly articles, Dr. Brazelton has inspired more than 1,000 research publications around the world.  And after reaching into millions of homes for decades through his television show and syndicated newspaper column, he is widely credited with throwing hospital doors open to parents and empowering them to become active participants in their children’s care.

On Monday, April 23, 2018, the Dr. T. Berry Brazelton Symposium and 100th Birthday Celebration will honor Dr. Brazelton’s lifetime of impact on children and families on the historic occasion of his 100th birthday. The Brazelton Symposium will feature speakers working on the frontlines of social justice and who are – in their own ways – carrying forward the guiding principles of Dr. Brazelton’s legacy:

  • Geoffrey Canada, President of the ground-breaking Harlem Children’s Zone, a national model for empowering families and children
  • Sandra Gutierrez, Founder and National Director of Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors, the nation’s first evidence-based training program developed by and for Latino parents
  • Andrew Solomon, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, President of the PEN American Center, leading LGBT rights activist, and best-selling author
  • Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Vice President for Program Initiatives at the American Indian College Fund, the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education

Later on Monday evening, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center will be hosting a birthday party to honor and celebrate Dr. Brazelton for his lifetime of transformative work and achievements. Dr. Brazelton founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1996 to ensure that all children – whatever their life circumstances, challenges, and resources – will be healthy, succeed as earl learners, and have the opportunity to thrive. Today, the Center carries forward Dr. Brazelton’s legacy through professional development, resources, and technical assistance that catalyze providers and systems of care to place families at the middle of everything they do. The celebration will feature toasts, proclamations, and in keeping with Dr. Brazelton’s style, much merriment and laughter.

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